CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 21, 1991
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(White House: Susan Spencer) Controversy surrounding President Bush's signing of the civil rights bill today featured; scenes shown from the White House rose garden. [BUSH - says goal is harmony; comments on affirmative action.] Civil rights supporters said to have been threatening to boycott Bush's signing until the White House pulled language potentially damaging to affirmative action; presidential notice to federal agencies containing controversial language quoted on screen. [Representative Don EDWARDS - mentions fair employment laws.] [Representative Bill RICHARDSON - comments on defeated Louisiana gubernatorial candidate David Duke, racial politics, White House.] White House lawyer C. Boyden Gray reported admitting he made a mistake, saying he never meant to threaten affirmative action. [Senator Edward KENNEDY - comments on Bush's statement.] Fears that Bush will be pressured from the right to enforce the civil rights law as narrowly as possible noted. [Representative John LEWIS - talks about scars of racism, White House.]
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